Iraq attacks kill seven, hit Christian sites


A spate of attacks in Iraq killed seven people and struck a church and a convent on Thursday, with one bomb at a busy market claiming three lives as shoppers stocked up for a Muslim holiday. Two home-made bombs exploded in the market in Mussayib, 60 kilometres south of the capital Baghdad, killing three men and wounding 28 people, including two women and two children. The bombs struck at around 11:00am (0800 GMT), police said, and came as food markets were bustling ahead of the first day of Eid Al Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, on Friday. Separately, a car bomb at a taxi and bus station in Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad, killed one man and wounded 10 people, police said. Both towns lie in a confessionally mixed region dubbed the Triangle of Death because of the frequency of attacks during the worst of the insurgency that followed the US-led invasion of 2003.